Sometimes the most revealing answers are elicited by the most unassuming of interviewers.
And so it was last night, when Chancellor George Osborne was interviewed by a panel of children for Sky News.
They asked him what his biggest regret of his time in office has been.
Osborne replied: “When you get into office, that’s your opportunity to take some really big decisions.
“And we did take some big decisions because then you’ve got a few years to see them played out.
“But actually I look back and think there’s even more we could have done to fix some of the economic problems and I want to go on therefore taking decisions that will help create jobs.
“If anything, it’s like I wish we’d done even more.”
It may have been an honest answer, but the Chancellor is now likely to come under pressure to explain what “more” he would have done – and which “decisions” he will now look to make.
If his statement is interpreted as meaning taking austerity even further, he is likely to come under extreme criticism from those who oppose the policy.
Such is politics – regardless of who you’re talking to, you must pick your words carefully.
Particularly if they’re being broadcast on a national news channel.
Watch the interview here.
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